Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Virgin learns to love OTT services; Zen does business Ethernet; VimpelCom on the up

Euronews: Telefónica Secures $1B Credit

Paul Rainford
3/6/2013
50%
50%

Telefónica SA, Ericsson AB, Virgin Media Inc. and VimpelCom Ltd. loom large in today's hack through the EMEA news thicket.

  • Vendor financing is back, big-time! Telefónica has secured a $1 billion credit facility to buy equipment from Ericsson, reports Reuters. The loan is backed by two Swedish export authorities, the Swedish National Export Guarantee Board (EKN) and the Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK).
  • The outgoing CEO of Virgin Media said the U.K cable operator plans to embrace more warmly over-the-top (OTT) Web services such as Netflix, reports Bloomberg. Neil Berkett, who announced he was leaving once the takeover of Virgin by Liberty Global Inc. had been confirmed, said: "Our approach is to get every content asset you possibly can on the platform." (See Euronews: Virgin CEO to Exit After Takeover.)
  • Competitive business services specialist Zen Internet is installing Ethernet access gear in 200 U.K. local exchanges and buying backhaul capacity from Cable & Wireless Worldwide (now part of Vodafone Group plc) as it ramps up its presence in the British business Ethernet services market. (See Zen Builds UK Ethernet Network.)
  • Russian giant VimpelCom made a profit of $801 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with a loss of $381 million in the same period a year earlier. Growth was particularly strong in the CIS and Africa & Asia business units, though the picture was less rosy in the Europe & North America unit, where revenues slipped 8 percent year-on-year.
  • Brits love the Internet -- and they get it cheap. Those are two of the findings of a new study by U.K. regulator Ofcom, which compared how British people interact with the Internet, and how much they pay for it, compared to the other countries in the so-called EU 5, namely France, Germany, Italy and Spain. If you like bar charts, you'll love this.
  • Telenor ASA, the Norway-based mobile operator, can continue its lucrative Grameenphone business in Bangladesh, despite a government commission there ruling that its license must be suspended immediately because of alleged flaws in its initial issuing process. Reuters quotes a Bangladeshi government official, who said that no action will be taken until the commission in question produces its final report.
  • These days, everyone has to have a dashboard -- and Deutsche Telekom AG is no exception. The carrier is launching its own security dashboard, to be found at the www.sicherheitstacho.eu portal, which boasts a digital map of the world showing the origin of cyber attacks recorded around the clock by more than 90 sensors. The portal is available free of charge to security experts and "interested parties." — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Ray Le Maistre
    50%
    50%
    Ray Le Maistre,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/6/2013 | 3:38:00 PM
    re: Euronews: Telefónica Secures $1B Credit
    For those interested in which gear is deployed to provision Ethernet access services, Zen Internet in the UK is using ADVA and Zhone equipment in the local exchanges.
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Custom TV
    A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

    7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


    Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Sprint's Network Evolution

    7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


    Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
    LRTV Documentaries
    BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

    7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


    Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
    Light Reedy
    Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

    7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


    Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Driving the Network Transformation

    7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


    Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

    7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


    With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
    LRTV Custom TV
    MRV – Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

    7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


    Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

    7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


    Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

    7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


    Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

    7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


    At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

    7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


    Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Accelerator for Digital Business – Future Oriented BSS

    7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


    Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
    Hot Topics
    Is Windstream Boldly Setting a New Trend?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/29/2014
    Pics From Comic-Con -- Honest!
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/30/2014
    If Not Muni Networks, Then What?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/28/2014
    Verizon Applies 3G Throttling Policy to LTE
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/25/2014
    Sprint, T-Mobile: The Price War's On
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/30/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed